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further to the left and without iraq we would come some of the white american electorate so you have votes that are not as well organized as they should've been there's a long discussion why not and i think certainly if there's any conceivable agenda, for example, one of the reasons african-americans switch to the democratic party in the '30s was because roosevelt has a progressive agenda. if the progressive agenda looks more viable and to get over the republican backlog and that's not a partisan statement, just a descriptive statement, then you would get more coalition globalized. if you watch testimony in congress the other day you would seek african-americans taking the lead and testifying in favor of medicare. so once you have a feasible agenda you get somewhere. right now we've been stuck in fighting back. >> my name is cindy brown. i'm a freshman. psychology major and i'm going to backtrack a bit. you mentioned something about substantiating a sexuality. i don't need anyone to substantiate any scientist politician to substantiate my sexuality or who i am as a woman. i need the govern
supports the president. but also discuss the wars in iraq and afghanistan and u.s. relations with the middle east. from fordham university law school in new york, this is about an hour and a half. >> we are here again once again in connection with this conference dedicated to examining the 2012 presidential election, and the way it may be being shaped by the memory of the holocaust and the policy of israel. and we can find no to more interesting people to discuss this topic for many, many reasons. first, the former three term mayor of new york city, ed koch. [applause] people forget, i do not, but people forget that mayor koch act to start out in congress. so the discussion that watauga is not merely about his days as a member also he two, has run for congress and knows what that means. i think in this more recent vintage, mayor koch can be thought of as a kingmaker in guiding the jewish vote. many people, well, he may not agree to this but he may actually many people think of him as a barometer, kingmaker of sorts of whether jewish vote is headed. that's another reason to ha
iraq and afghanistan. >> guest: well, sure. it's harder to get around the world. and a crossing of the atlantic ocean takes 20 davis -- days if you're lucky. it can take 80 days of you fall in iceberg and storms. john adams crosses the atlantic and the ship is struck by lightning and everybody has to pump until they make landful. the passengers have to take turns because the ship is filling with heart. so it is hard, it is hard to get around. it's hard to get around the united states. to go from new york city to albany, new york, if you took a hours, that would take you three days, on our own horse or a coach. if you took a boat up the hudson, that would take three days if the wind was right. if the wind was bad it could take you a couple -- ten days to get from new york city to albany. and now on a train it's like, what, few hours. so, yes, there are restrictions that come from not being able to get around. but the flip >> all this week turn to c-span for live gavel to gavel coverage of the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. massachusetts senator and 2
of over 2 million who have served in iraq and afghanistan, and over 2 million today who are making us proud. so as we take up this debate in terms of our future, and in particular with respect to defense, i've said many times, the thing we need to get right to ensure our military is in good shape for the future is make sure we get it right for our people and their families. that's not just a cost or a budget item. that is the strength of who we are as a military. and as a military, having fought two wars in this all-volunteer force for the first time, that we have a pretty healthy discussion about what that means coming out of these wars, even as we have 70,000 still exposed in afghanistan today. what that means for us as a country, and what that means for us as a military as we look forward to the security requirements which seem to always be there, that will challenge us, both here at home as well as globally around the world. thank you again for the opportunity to speak to these critical issues. they touch the core of our future as a nation of greatness, and i believe that greatnes
, obviously in iraq, that now they seem to be spreading out more broadly. the two cases we know are the u.s. and bulgaria. is that, is that -- >> well, i would say that your impression is consistent with my own. insofar as certain we've seen iranian influence in iraq and in afghanistan, but we've also seen links between iran and terrorist operations in india, thailand, georgia. so is a threat that is beyond the immediate region of iran. >> so let me ask any of you, to what extent now this expansion of terrorist activities sponsored by the iranian government rises as a threat to our homeland among the other terrorist threats to our homeland? >> i'll take that him at first. again, you mentioned, and i discussed briefly, the planned attack last fall, so it is, i would consider it to be a significant source of concern for us, both iran and its terrorist element, the quds force, along with the group it coordinates with, hezbollah. >> i agree with director olsen, in that quds force, hezbollah and others have shown they both have the capability and the willingness to extend beyond that region of
the v-22 its had its first deployment in iraq and afghanistan. and i'm wondering how you see that aircrafts wrote evolving, and maturing perhaps, as you send it over to the asia-pacific region. >> i think it's got a great combat record by the way and it's been shot up coming in and out of the zones. it's almost 15th deployment. it's on, goodness, 13th or so combat deployment, so it's been shot up going in and out of zones and it's done just fine. you know, as you think asia-pacific, so we know it works well in combat but what about in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief? let me give you some figures that i think will catch your attention. in the asia-pacific area, every single year over 70,000 people are killed by a natural disaster. tsunami, earthquakes, cyclones. i just talked to my commander on okinawa on sunday. he had the latest typhoon go through, the one that gone through was like two weeks before that. these are super typhoons. these are what we would call kind of category five kind of things. all that, when i landed in manila they had just had a typhoon t
to iraq. robert is the current head of the u.s. embassy in baghdad will testify before the committee live starting at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span3. also on c-span3, a congressional gold medal ceremony honoring nobel peace prize resip sip crept aung san suu kyi. live coverage starting at 3 p.m. on c-span3. >>> defense undersecretary robert hale says congress should have a more uniform budgetary process. he testified before a house armed services subcommittee hearing on the defense. dr. phil:'s auditing -- defense department's auditing practices. this is an hour and 15 minutes. >> i'm going to call the oversight invest subcommittee of the house armed services committee to order. and today's hearing on auditability challenges. want to welcome everybody to today's hearing and appreciate our witnesses coming in to talk to us more about those challenges facing the department of defense as it works toward audit readiness in 2014 and 2017. i'd like to welcome mr. robert hale, undersecretary of defense; ms. elizabeth mcgrath, the honorable gladys commons, comptroller, u.s. department of navy; dr.
to the rest of the world. and that example because of events in recent years and iraq and afghanistan and elsewhere, the fact that our political system is not functioning as smoothly as it might have at one point, not as smoothly as it could operate, i think we've lost a little bit of our ability to influence others in the world. we have to acknowledge that, and we have to regain that. and then they will perhaps start following some of the examples we've set forward. we are still the most successful country, i think, democracy and the world. i think we been an example to asia, an example to europe. the doctor mentioned the marshall plan. that brought europe to where it is now. and i always am amused that people say this change can't happen. look at my european friends, they are all social democrats and they all have teams in queens. so i mean, it can happen. >> okay, more questions. >> hello everybody. i am from belgium and i'm currently working for the washington quarterly. i'd like to thank you both first for a very interesting talk. my question is directed to general powell who spo
back from iraq and afghanistan and they can't find work, and until we come out of the recession and the recovery is under way but veterans have a higher percent of unemployment and especially veterans under age 24 have an even higher percentage of unemployed, and so what we have here is a piece of legislation to give an unemployment cushion for veterans for at least a year until they can find employment in the private sector, and this is employment to do things that we need since so many of our national resources such as parks, such as emergency responders, such as firefighters, such as police need help. look at all the unfunded things that are deteriorating in the national parks. this would be an opportunity to employ those veterans and employ them up to a year. everybody knows that this makes common sense and it's the right thing to do, and what's happening is the folks on that side of the aisle because we are in an election and because this happened to be a proposal coming out of the white house and is brought to the floor by this senator from florida, they're not going to su
crisis, the fall of lehman, included the iraq war. we now have heard from c.b.o. as well as the fed chairman bernanke who have indicated wreaked trigger a recession next year in we fail to address the if is cal cliff. yet here we're scheduled to adjourn sometime this week for nearly two months after just returning from a five-month break. when i was running for reelection in 2000, when the republicans were in the majority, we didn't adjourn until november 3, a few days before the election. i call on the majority leader to continue to have us remain in session, to lay the groundwork for the bipartisan solutions on these monumental issues. i've urged him in letter that i sent last april because it's absolutely pivotal for this country. if we had the policy and certainty of 2006, we would have 2.5 million more jobs in america today. the senate has wasted two years -- two prey new precious years h intransigence and inaction. america deserves better. mr. coburn: mr. president, the problems in front of our country are not unsolvable. our country has a history of doing hard things. what we
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